Liverpool beat West Ham to keep pace with Man City

Sports Desk, Mar 5 (EFE).- Liverpool edged West Ham United 1-0 at Anfield on Saturday to stay on the heels of Premier League leaders Manchester City.

With a seventh straight win in the league, the Reds improved to 63 points, just 3 behind the defending champions, who host United on Sunday in the Manchester derby. West Ham are fifth on 45 points.

Despite having only 31 percent possession, the Hammers matched the hosts in shots on target – five apiece – and held Liverpool to one goal.

Visiting goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski did well to stop Mohamed Salah from opening the scoring after 90 seconds before Alisson denied Michail Antonio at the other end on several occasions.

The eventual winner came in the 27th minute, when Trent Alexander-Arnold rolled the ball in front of the goal and Sadio Mane got the better of Fabianski.

VAR checked for a possible offside, but the goal stood.

In Saturday’s other Premier League contests, third-place Chelsea scored three goals in the space of eight minutes to rout Burnley 4-0. The Blues went to 53 points, while Burnley are 18th with 21 points.

And Newcastle United, who were mired in the drop zone when Eddie Howe took over as coach in November, extended their Premier League unbeaten streak to eight, defeating Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 to consolidate their hold on 14th. EFE apa/dr

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